Tips for applying United State visit visa

I receive many queries on daily basis regarding applying for United States visa. I have mentioned the complete process of applying for a visa in a below mentioned post however based on all of your question I have mentioned few tips that you can take care of while applying for a visit visa. These are only my suggestions and tips based on my experience so you should not take it very seriously because it might not make any difference to the approval of your visa application.

Timings:

Whatever time is assigned for your visa interview, make sure to reach 30 minutes in advance. You will have to take shuttle bus to the embassy to spare an hour for that. It doesn’t matter on what time your interview is performed so feel free to chose a time that suits you when you are asked to pick one.

Dress Code:

Americans are relaxed for the dressing however you should be presentable. It will not make a difference and will not increase the chances of getting a visa but if a person is dressed well he is taken seriously. I have seen many people dressed like clowns, please don’t do that. You don’t have to wear red shirt and tight jeans, also please don’t put your sunglasses over your head and put it in your pocket, its not cool.

Trousers: Dress pants are better but jeans is also fine if its plain. Jeans should not have any designs and it should not be torn.

Shirt: Dress shirt is better but a plain t-shirt can be worn as well. T-shirt should be of dark color without any printings. A plain T-shirt should not be of red, yellow or very bright colors that catches the eye.

Suit: You can wear a suit if you like however if the weather is too hot like it is in summers then spare yourself and wear something that suits the weather.

Language:

Its better to communicate in English if you can but if you cannot its better to ask them for a Urdu speaker. They don’t have any problem talking in Urdu but its just that, they can think that if you cannot speak in English how can you survive in United States? Also, if you cannot understand a question in English, do not give wrong answer or remain silent because it will put suspicion in their mind. Ask them clearly that “Sorry, I don’t understand, can you please repeat” They won’t eat you up for asking the question again but for responding incorrectly without understanding a question your visa can be rejected so be careful.

What Documents you need:

You should always keep one simple rule in mind when preparing documents. You should take all those documents with you that shows your commitment to stay in Pakistan whether its property papers or your business papers. According to United States Embassy website, applicants are encouraged to bring documents they believe will demonstrate compelling reasons to depart the United States and an intention to abide by the terms of the visa.

Original documents:

  • Take your original bank statements with you
  • Take original documents of any property or home you have on your name
  • Take a letter from your employer on company’s letter head stating that you work there on what rank at what salary and it would be better if they can mention that you are taking a leave from the company and will be joining back in a limited time.
  • If you are a student, get a letter from your college or institute mentioning that you are attending their institute as a full time student and your institute’s holidays are coming up. Your application should be in the time frame of the holidays otherwise the embassy will suspect that you will not rejoin the institute and will not come back.

If you are visiting a family member:

Family members cannot sponsor you visa and you should not have high hopes that just because you have a family member in United States. Having a family member whether he is a citizen or not doesn’t mean you will get visa for sure specially if you are a young male. Parents tend to get visa easily however brothers/sisters and extended family’s young male’s visa get easily rejected.

All you need from your family member is their address and contact details that will go straight in the form and you will also mention that you will stay at your relatives home because this way you will not need heavy bank statement for accommodation expense.

If you are going on an official trip:

You will need a letter of invitation from the company who has invited you or if your company is sending you a letter on company’s letter head mentioning the reason of your visit. If you have an official reason to visit then chances are very strong that you will get a visa considering you have solid grounds.

If you are going for a medical emergency:

Any family emergency is seriously considered and all the processes are expedited. Follow the link below for complete details.

http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/pakistan/niv_emergency_appointments.html

If you want to visit your fiance:

You can go to visit your fiance however you will need all his/her information to be mentioned on the form. You can visit her but you must come back after visiting her. Entering with the intention of marrying a US citizen is considered to be a visa fraud. US embassy would never grant you a visa if the visa officer will suspect that you are intending to do that. Even if you get married with tourist visa in USA you will still have to come back before the duration of your visa and after that your paper work can take place in Pakistan for green card.

If you are going for tourism:

You will not need anything extra for tourism visa. You would just need to know here you would be going exactly and where you would stay. If you want to visit multiple locations then you must know clearly their states, cities and names as it shows how serious you are in visiting United States. If you are married and going alone then do mention it to the visa officer so they know you have family in Pakistan. Usually they do not consider presence of your parents and siblings  in your home country however still mention that you have all your family and parents in Pakistan and you cannot stay away from them and you will come back.

How much money you should show in your Bank Statement:

This is the most frequently asked question by everyone. Bank statement is for the reason to show that you can carry your own expense and would not be a burden on states. If you would be staying at your relatives place then you don’t need to show much funds however if you are staying at a hotel specially if you are planning to visit any attractions then you would need to show more money. There are no clear guidelines on how much money you need to show on your bank account however the more the better. I am giving suggestion here but they might not be accepted by the US embassy, they are just guidelines.

If staying at relative’s place: If you are staying at your relative’s place for around a month in United States then $1000 bank statement would be sufficient however if you want to spend 2 months then $2000 would be better, for around 6 months $3000 would be better.

If you are going for tourism: If you are going for tourism and would stay at a hotel then for a month $2000 or more would be a good amount because for visiting a single attraction is very expensive e.g. one day entry ticket to Disney World park is around $100 per person per day and the cheapest hotel on famous locations can cost you around $100 per night so you should calculate the money you would be needing beforehand, then memorize all those locations and have those funds available in your account.

If you are going on company’s trip: If your expenses are covered by your company then you should get a letter from them that your expenses are covered. If  you have this letter from your company then you would  need a very small statement just for day to day expense e.g. even $500 statement would be sufficient too. If your company is not covering your expense and you are going on your own business tour then you must show a heavier statement depending upon how many days you are intending to stay in United States. If you want to stay for one week in a hotel and attend some meetings or conferences then around $1000 would be fine however if its for around a month then $2000 or more. If you are running your own business then its is always perceived that you have money so show a fat statement to make your chances of getting the visa even stronger.

Other important tips:

  • Make sure to mention your reasons for coming back to Pakistan e.g. your study, your job, your business, your property, your parents or family etc.
  • Be confident, if you have a genuine case then you must not hesitate for anything otherwise they would think that you are suspicious.
  • There is no harm in not knowing English, if you can’t speak clear English do not speak it, instead ask for the interpreter. I never understand why Pakistani feel so shame telling that they can’t communicate in English, American’s understand that and they arrange for the interpreter if you request so. Although if you are going on a tourism trip where you would be alone then they can object that how you would communicated when you reach United States.
  • Make sure to arrange all your documents so you can present anything they ask for easily because I have seen many people looking in a huge pile of documents and sometimes throwing them on floor but still they don’t find the desired documents. Take your time and apologize for any delay to avoid any awkwardness and look into your documents, if you are confused you would mess up so be confident.

190 thoughts on “Tips for applying United State visit visa

  1. imran Reply

    dear sir mera friend usa mai kia wo mjhe visit invitation deskta hai wo next year waha ka citizen ho jaye ga agar wo meri responsbility le to kia mjhe bank statement show krna pare gi ya usi k documents se mera kam ho jaye ga

  2. Muhammad Fiaz Reply

    Dear Sir,

    I have my own business.i was apply my family B1,B2 visa of USA but our visas is refused. our no have there any friend or reltev. So please tell em how can i get visa of USA?

    Thank you

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Dear Fiaz,
      If it is rejected once they can reject it again unless your circumstances change. You have to show strong ties with your country.

  3. sadiq Reply

    hello sir my name is sadiq i am 23 year old . i am the owner of rustamkhanandco company. my banks balance is 1,34,73,300 and my monthly income is 4 lack round about . at lost month was my interview but i got reject . what the reason please tell me tanks

    • Adeel Reply

      Can you please tell me in detail about your interview and what questions they ask ?

      What documents have you provided to them.

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Dear Sadiq,
      They provide reason when they reject visa, you must have got a paper with a reason? It usually is that you don’t have strong ties with your country.

  4. Mark Reply

    HI.

    Well i applied for tourist visa along with my wife, as friend of mine is US citizen and sponsoring me. I have history of traveling as i been to London, but my wife dont have any history. So what you think about our case. As everything my friend going to do we just need to buy tickets. I have about 7 Lac in account.

    What you say….

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Hello, do you mean you have applied or going to apply? chances are always 50/50 when applied for a visa with whole family as they see how good your job and business is in Pakistan and if its good enough that it will make you come back they give you visa.

  5. Hyatt Ullah Reply

    Hello Sir! I want to apply on Tourist Visa and my question is that I’m 23 and I don’t have bank account. Can I show my Dad’s Bank statement?

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Dear Hayyat,
      Since you are above 21, its better to have your name in the statement too. I am not sure however you can ask your father to write a letter on your behalf that he will cover all your travel expenses.

  6. Yasir Reply

    Hello asllam o aliekun sir
    Sir mera nam yasir hai. main usa visit visa aplly krna chahta houn. Bank statement 15 lakh hai how can im aplly visit visa for usa. Mere nana abu apni pori family ke sath usa me he hoti hai or hmara family case onhon ne pehle he aplly kiya hoa hai lkn mere age 25 years ho gyi hai main apni family ke sath nhi ja skta so mujhe koi tip dain mere mamo walon mi Baltimore.MD me construction company hai lken wo aplly nhi kar sakty plz koi tip dain

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Dear Yasir, apki age or case dekh kar chances kam lagtay hain kiyon k apki poori family pehlay hi apply kar chuki hia, is tarha unhain ye shak ho ga k app is tarha visit visa pe ja k wapas nahi ayen gay. App ki job ya business agar strong hia, tab app ka case strong ho sakta hia. Ya phir app ki shadi hoi ho or app ki Mrs Pakistan main hon or app akelay ja rahay hon.

  7. Sattar Reply

    Aoa,
    I need to visit Mexico to attend an convention.
    So can i apply for USA visa and stay in US for 3/4 days before visiting Mexico.( with Valid US visa i don’t have to apply for Mexico visa)
    What you think is this strong enough reason to leave USA?

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Dear Sattar, depends on your convention type and how important they feel it is for you to attend. Also your ties to your country.

  8. Hyatt Khan Reply

    Hello respected Sir! I do have one more question. Aftet getting B2 visa can I do there short courses or diploma? The visa is for 5 years so I want to study there for 1 year.

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Dear Hayatt,
      You cannot stay for more than 6 months on any of your visit.Your soul purpose should be to visit for leisure but you can take few short course.

  9. Hammad Reply

    Aslam o Alikum sir,
    I m 36 year old and married person me my wife and we have baby girl she is 2 yaer old want to apply for US visit visa my uncle is there when he came Pakistan he invite us to visit US we traveled togather for almost all northern areas of pakistan I have my own business in Islamabad and my own house in islamabad , i have good travel history like Dubai,England, Thailand,Saudi Arabia,Srilanka, Singapore, malayasia but my wife have fresh passpoert 3 year before we did married so please give me advice how many chances for my visa with my family and if I apply without family which one will be the better for get visa I will come back 100% I will never stay there elelegle.thanks

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Dear Hammad,
      If you apply alone, chances are very bright however with family depends on your ties in Pakistan. I have seen many families going together, either they have sounds jobs or sound businesses in Pakistan. You can make them sure that you have a business for which you must come back then they would grant you the visa for the whole family. Chances are always 50/50 and it also depends on how you present your case.

  10. Mfk Reply

    Hii..My husband is a pilot and we don’t have any kids.He has Canadian passport and he doesn’t need US visa.I travel with him whenever he goes on a flight especially if he has a long flight.I have been to Dubai, Malaysia( twice) and China.
    Me and my mother applied for visit visa in 2012 but got rejected. I was married but rukhsati had not been done at that time..I got my new passport made 2 yrs back cause I divorced that person and married again to a pilot.now my question is what questions they would ask me and what are the chances of getting the US visa.my sister lives there and her son was born 3 months ago.kindly guide me for this matter.I want to apply this month.

  11. Mfk Reply

    P.s ..we want to go in the month of July and my husband will go with me as well.

  12. Malik Muhammad Nawaz Reply

    Dear sir,
    First of all I would like say thanks for your kind cooperation with people who need usa visa.
    Sir,
    I want to apply us visit visa of my wife and two kids 5 nd 7 years old. I have already us multiple visa,and last year I have travelled to usa. I got this visa from qatar because I lived there and worked in qatar airways but now I am in pakistan and working in pakistan international airline pia
    So kindly would you tell me can I apply my family visit visa from there and what documents are required thanks your response highly appreciated

  13. Malik Reply

    Salam.
    you are doing wonderful job. I also need your advice. I am stocks and commodity traders and working with top international companies as freelancer. I am top rated in my field and i have documents to prove . also earning around 3k usd monthly here in Pakistan. November 2014 i apply for usa visa one of company i am working from almost 10 years send me i 134 form invitation and also letter of recommendation by their local usa senator . but still they refused my visa. i already travel to dubai.malaysia,singapor and far eastern countries becoz of my profession and job. my interview in embassy last for around 10 to 15 mins and lot of times i felt that they will tell me to grant visa but at the end they refused me. what i feel that first they dont like that i present letter or recommendation by usa senator and also another thing was that i had mexican visa on my passport and i not travel on that visa becoz of some reason like when i get visa there was swine flu in mexico so i decided not to travel . visa officer asked me few questions about why i not went to mexico. anyhow they refused my visa. now i am thinking to apply again after almost 2 years . meanwhile last year in decemeber i went to uk for one month. i want to know what are my chances this time. i can show bank statement of around 15000 usd and also my sponsor is sending me i 134 form. but this time i ask him not to send letter of recommendation by usa senator . I Wanna know whats your advice to me that this time what i do so i get visa because i really need to visit my boss there and its really important for my career .my family my kids everyone here also i am making good money so what else i can do so they think my ties with Pakistan are strong enough i need to visit for one month. kindly advice me as soon as possible because my boss is live in nebraska and i cant go in winter because weather very cold in winters.

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Salam,
      You can go ahead and apply for the visit visa. If your family is staying in Pakistan it shows good ties. You have good monthly income and it should show in your bank statement with deposit and withdrawal etc. Its ok for not to travel to any country after getting visa for any reason and your reason was genuine. That should not be a problem. Yes, I would not recommend getting a letter of recommendation from a senator. Just apply like a regular Pakistani with a genuine reason and strong ties to Pakistan. Inshallah praying for you

  14. Qamar Reply

    Salaam Bro,
    My name is Qamar from gujranwala. I am 47 now

    I applied for canadian visa in Feb 2016 to attend a fair in montereal through a company in which I was working as a commission based marketing manager. Unfortunately I was refused by the canadian embassy.
    I have also a retail shop in porche area of my city started in 2014 handled by my eldest son. I have resigned from the job now and come to shop.
    My business is good and my bank statement shows the balance of 5000,000 for the last 6 months which is now gradually becomes low to 800,000, because of purchasing of some properties.
    The retail business is registered by my name and I am a good tax payer.
    I need your guidence that , Can I apply for US visa now through my own business to attend a fair which is related to my present business??
    The fair is going to be held on mid Sept 2016 in Las Vegas.
    Please guide me if i should apply for US with the present situation of mine?

    Regards
    Qamar

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Walaikum Salam Qamar,
      I think it shouldn’t be a problem. If you are running a business and your bank statement is showing money deposit and withdrawals. Also, business and more properties in Pakistan shows strong ties. If you are attending the fair alone and your family (wife) is staying in Pakistan then its another thing to add to the ties to Pakistan. I think you should apply for the visa and stay confident about it and explain how and why it is important for your business to attend this fair.
      Thanks

  15. Sunny Reply

    AoA sir This is Sunny and i am currently doing M.Sc in International Relation from Nation Defence University and i have to plan for applying Visit Visa in coming summer vacation which are started from 18th of June till 31th August. i just want to know that what documents i have to required ? and second thing i have to make sure that One of my family friend is Canadian Citizen and i am planing that he will come from Canada in July and i also got holidays so i wana go there for spending my vacation and meet my family friend there. is it make sens ? or last thing that i dont have my personal bank account. so whats documents i have to required and how embassy take time for visa processing ?

    Blessyou! 🙂

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Wsalam,
      You can apply for tourism since your cousin doesn’t live in United States, you don’t have to mention it.
      Visa processing times varies, it is better to apply right now and hope you get your passport back before your vacations end.
      What is your age? if your father is financially supporting you, he can give his bank statement.
      Details of document can be found here, since you are visiting for pleasure, remove the documents related to family
      http://www.pakistaniinusa.com/documents-for-united-state-visit-visa-for-family-visit/

      • Sunny Reply

        he is not American citizen. he is Canadian citizen and have plan to come USA for holidays. and i also have plan to go there for meet him and spend holidays together. I am 24 years Old and what types of questions expected they will ask in interview?
        Thankyou

  16. Ahmad Butt Reply

    hello sir,
    i plan to visit usa as business trip. i am a partner of my company.my age is 30 .last year i visit canada as a business trip and also i visit uk and italy about 3-4 years ago now this august i plan to go usa to attend a exhibition. please tell me which doc are very important and which kind of question ambassador ast to me.

  17. Anish Reply

    Hi,
    Me and my husband are applying for B2 visa. My question is that do we have to take our previous work experience letters with us also? or only the current job letter is needed?

  18. Muhammad Reply

    Good day
    My name is Muhammad I want to apply USA visit visa.I am a traveler.I have a good history on my passport ( UK , Dubai, Thailand, Malaysia, south Africa ) now I want to go USA bank statement to small round 7 lake give me some tips to make a strong my case.

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Please read the post, its about tips, if you have a specific question do let me know.

  19. M.raheel Reply

    Sir I want to visit Canada to meet my girlfriend parents to convince them , my girlfriend can’t come due to parents she suggested me to visit in Canada , but I don’t know what is the procedure to visit in Canada so kindly guide me so that I could visit and convince them please waiting for your reply thanks

    • Admin Post authorReply

      Dear Raheel, sorry don’t know anything about Canada, this website is about United States.

  20. Hanif adam Reply

    Hello
    I am hanif age 48 a bussinessman from karachi i have some marriage hall and eran handsome amount monthly with sufficent bank balance travel more than 12 countries but i was rejected almost 28 years when i am age of 20 years i have the famaily my wife and 6 child one of my dughtr doing mbbs last year one boy doing his mba from cbm one is in szabist in bba and othet are studies in diffrent collages my mother she is 73 have multiple visa before but she cant travle usa now she wants to meet her sister she was in usa and she have a bypass last month so i want to esquad my mother so what is your advise shall i apply or not .

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